Like many in the valley, I am well attuned to the time proven adage of “you reap what you sow.” Seeds take time to germinate and grow before the crop is harvested in the Fall. Since the seeds of the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Program were planted in January and they have germinated, it is time to examine the resulting harvest. But before we do that let’s take a look at the two individuals who planted and tended the Administration’s seeds – President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

First, President Biden: As Robert Gates noted "he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Biden is a career politician who campaigned as a moderate to unify the country, yet upon assuming office he embraced a progressive agenda to appease the left wing of his party. To date, the nation’s chief executive has done nothing but further divide the nation and to ostracize those Americans who hold values and ideas that do not align with his progressive coalition.

Second, Vice President Harris: She may have been selected to be the president’s running mate based not on her qualifications or experience but solely based on her gender and skin color. She dropped out of the Democratic presidential primaries due to her lackluster performance even in her own state of California. Harris has no previous foreign policy experience yet on her recent trip to South and Central America she had the hubris and audacity to lecture foreign leaders on how to solve their problems.

The Build Back Better “harvest:” Since the inauguration we have seen monetary inflation at a steady pace. We will be longer energy-independent due to the Administration’s misguided attack on fossil fuels and full embrace of the Green New Deal. Our relationship with many of our allies is in tatters – France recently withdrew their ambassador in protest.

Our withdrawal from Afghanistan was a complete unmitigated debacle. Our Transportation Secretary “Mayor” Pete took paternal leave while we are in the middle of a major supply chain crisis. Thousands of migrants cross our border unscathed and are distributed across the nation at random. Violent crime is at all-time high, yet we defund law enforcement, fire first responders, and health professionals due to their vaccination status. Meanwhile, China successfully launches a nuclear capable hypersonic missile against which we currently have no viable defense -- incredulous!

As Ronald Regan stated “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Let’s hope we can soon recover from this meager harvest and again thrive in the life, liberty, and happiness that our Founding Fathers envisioned.

James R. Poplar III, of Quicksburg, proudly served with the U.S. government for over 40 years. He specialized in national security affairs at both Vanderbilt and the National Defense University.